The New York Times To Commemorate Women’s Suffrage Centennial With Innovative Virtual Events Series

May 19, 2020
In The News

Program slate to include digital conversations and theatrical production showcasing the stories of the suffrage movement's biggest unsung heroesIn commemoration of the 100th anniversary of ratification of the 19th amendment that gave women the right to vote, The New York Times is pleased to announce “Unfinished Work,”  a new digital events series investigating the ongoing battle for women’s rights in America.

Comprised of five interactive virtual events throughout Summer 2020, the program aims to provide understanding to this historic moment and reframe its importance in the larger context of present-day equality and progress. The series will culminate on August 18 with a virtual theatrical production directed by acclaimed director Whitney White, showcasing the stories of the movement’s biggest unsung heroes through performances by Broadway stars and incorporating both NYT archival records and source material from the forthcoming book “Finish the Fight!,” written by Times senior editor Veronica Chambers and the staff of The New York Times.

Unfinished Work is supported by Presenting Sponsor MassMutual.

The series’ inaugural virtual event, “The Road to Women’s Suffrage,” will be held on Tuesday, May 19, exploring the road to the 19th Amendment, the women who made it happen — including women of color whose work toward winning truly equal voting rights has been less celebrated—and the impact of the 19th Amendment into the present day. This discussion will be led by culture reporter Jennifer Schuessler in conversation with Valerie Jarrett, board chair, When We All Vote, co-chair, The United State of Women;  Martha S. Jones, Society of Black Alumni presidential professor and professor of history at the Johns Hopkins University; Kate Clarke Lemay, historian at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute; and Susan Ware, honorary women’s suffrage centennial historian at Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library, Harvard University. The event will begin at 4 p.m. Eastern via this link.

The program series continues on May 26 with “Women in the Public Spotlight,” a discussion led by Times assistant managing editor Monica Drake on how female leaders today navigate the spotlight, featuring special guests Representative Debra Haaland of New Mexico and Reshma Saujani, CEO of Girls Who Code; “Queering Women’s Stories: Artists and the Fight for Women’s Rights,” on June 15 and “Women and Voting Today,” on July 21. Additional events are slated to to be added to the program lineup.

For more information and the latest program updates on Unfinished Work, please visit the event program website.